Google Maps Users Baffled by ‘Brilliant Blue Sand’ in the Sahara Desert
It is often said that around 65% of our planet is unexplored.
Whether it’s vast expanses of underwater landscapes or parts of the Amazon rainforest that no man (or woman) dares to tread.
And much of what we can only see using the technology provided to us through Google Earth often ends up on Reddit.
In the latest mysterious discovery, web sleuths have uncovered a strange part of the Sahara Desert that appears to be untouched by humans.
Dubbed the Blue Upside Nike by forum users, it looks like an unusual upside-down tick-shaped area has emerged, and it’s shimmering blue.
While some might think it could be a waterhole, the shape appears to have sandy areas that weave through, which would make a watery lagoon like this very difficult to imagine.
And the images are only a few days old, as they have a 2022 watermark.
To make it even more amazing, about 100 meters to the north is an even larger and brighter blue area, which looks a bit like blue snow on top of the mountains, although the area it is in – Reggane , Aleria – does not appear to be a mountainous region.
The area can actually be seen by anyone flying into the area using De Reggane Regional Airport, which is about a mile from the site.
The user who discovered it, called OutOfBounds_Matrix, posted: “Interesting area in the Sahara. It looks like the sand is floating. The blue area looks like shiny sapphire or some kind of shiny blue sand.
“The grid looks artificial, can only be seen on the most recent Google Maps images, spans over 75km, stretching perfectly from north to south, 200m between each grid line.
“As you follow the line further south, they become slightly sloping from northwest to southeast. Also, looks a bit like an eye. I assume they are looking for minerals, gas or oil, but I have no idea.
Some users have suggested that it could be part of the Sahara Eye, also known as the Richat Structure, but this area is in Mauritania – which is far from close and includes the country of Mali in between.
The area on the map also has exploratory seismic lines, according to one user, which could mean the spot could be used for oil or gas extraction in the near future.
What do you think the area could be? Let us know in the comments below.
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